Atlas powder, a nitroglycerin blasting compound of pasty consistency and great explosive power.

(At"las), n. [Ar., smooth.] A rich kind of satin manufactured in India. Brande & C.

(At`mi*dom"e*ter) n. [Gr. smoke, vapor + -meter; cf. F. atmidomètre.] An instrument for measuring the evaporation from water, ice, or snow. Brande & C.

(At"mo) n. [Contr. fr. atmosphere.] (Physics) The standard atmospheric pressure used in certain physical measurements calculations; conventionally, that pressure under which the barometer stands at 760 millimeters, at a temperature of 0° Centigrade, at the level of the sea, and in the latitude of Paris. Sir W. Thomson.

(At`mo*log"ic At`mo*log"ic*al) a. Of or pertaining to atmology. "Atmological laws of heat." Whewell.

(At*mol"o*gist) n. One who is versed in atmology.

(At*mol"o*gy) n. [Gr. vapor + - logy.] (Physics) That branch of science which treats of the laws and phenomena of aqueous vapor. Whewell.

(At*mol"y*sis) n. [Gr. vapor + a loosing, to loose.] (Chem.) The act or process of separating mingled gases of unequal diffusibility by transmission through porous substances.

1. Of or pertaining to Mt. Atlas in Libya, and hence applied to the ocean which lies between Europe and Africa on the east and America on the west; as, the Atlantic Ocean (called also the Atlantic); the Atlantic basin; the Atlantic telegraph.

2. Of or pertaining to the isle of Atlantis.

3. Descended from Atlas.

The seven Atlantic sisters.

(||At*lan"ti*des) n. pl. [L. See Atlantes.] The Pleiades or seven stars, fabled to have been the daughters of Atlas.

(At"las) n.; pl. Atlases [L. Atlas, -antis, Gr. one of the older family of gods, who bears up the pillars of heaven; also Mt. Atlas, in W. Africa, regarded as the pillar of heaven. It is from the root of to bear. See Tolerate.]

1. One who sustains a great burden.

2. (Anat.) The first vertebra of the neck, articulating immediately with the skull, thus sustaining the globe of the head, whence the name.

3. A collection of maps in a volume; — supposed to be so called from a picture of Atlas supporting the world, prefixed to some collections. This name is said to have been first used by Mercator, the celebrated geographer, in the 16th century.

4. A volume of plates illustrating any subject.

5. A work in which subjects are exhibited in a tabular from or arrangement; as, an historical atlas.

6. A large, square folio, resembling a volume of maps; — called also atlas folio.

7. A drawing paper of large size. See under Paper, n.

  By PanEris using Melati.

Previous chapter/page Back Home Email this Search Discuss Bookmark Next chapter/page
Copyright: All texts on Bibliomania are © Ltd, and may not be reproduced in any form without our written permission. See our FAQ for more details.